Fireflies’ Light

A Magazine of Short Poems

Submission Guidelines

The June 2021 issue will be guest-edited by Rebecca Duke, who teaches English full-time at Missouri Baptist University.  Interested students, faculty, and friends of the Department should submit manuscripts to both her (Rebecca.Duke@mobap.edu) and editor John J. Han (john.han@mobap.edu).   

 Fireflies’ Light is an online magazine that showcases short poems, essays on poetry and poetics, and book reviews.  It is published four times a year by the Department of English at Missouri Baptist University, One College Park Dr., St. Louis, MO 63141.  We consider up to twenty poems, up to two essays on poetry and poetics (150-1,000 words), and up to two book reviews (500-1,000 words) during a reading period.  Write “FL – your name” in the subject line. (For example, “FL – Erin Haas”).  Along with your work, submit a 100-word author bio written in third person.  Below are submission deadlines and target publication dates:

                        Submission Deadline         Publication Date

                        March 1                                 March 15

                        June 1                                     June 15

                        September 1                         September 15

                        December 1                           December 15

Short poetic forms include, but are not limited to, haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, sedoka, sijo, somonka, haibun, gembun, lanterne, ABC, cinqku, cinquain, couplet, Etheree, fibonacci (fib), free verse, limerick, lune, octet, quatrain, and triolet.  A poem should follow the rules for the chosen form, and the author must identify the form used in the poem parenthetically after the title.  

Missouri Baptist University reserves the right to publish accepted submissions in Fireflies’ Light; upon publication, copyrights revert to the authors.  By submitting, authors certify that the work is their own.  All submissions are subject to editing for clarity, grammar, usage, and Christian propriety.  The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of Missouri Baptist University. 

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